X-Men: The Official Game PlayStation 2

Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 44
  2. Negative: 14 out of 44
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  1. The idea of giving the player three fairly unique characters to play as is good one, but the game design verges on plain stupid at times.
  2. 45
    Thanks to some horribly generic gameplay and uninspired combat, it ends up continuing the disappointing trend of movie license video games.
  3. Edge Magazine
    30
    Had The Official Game provided a consistent overall challenge, it would have been bearable, if unexciting. But it hasn’t, and it isn’t. [July 2006, p.88]
  4. games(TM)
    30
    When accurately describing videogames, we tend to use the word ‘dross’ rarely, but this particular X-Men title has forced the word from us in a spectacular fashion. [July 2006, p.130]
  5. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    30
    Uninspired action, laughable cinematics and repetitive action make this the summer blockbuster tie-in to avoid. [July 2006, p.88]
  6. Game Informer
    40
    Unless you despise the X-Men movies and simply want more ammo that can be used to insult your friends, I strongly advise that you avoid this game like you would a French kissing toad. [July 2006, p.104]
  7. As it is, X-Men: The Official Game is “officially” a horse’s turd of an experience that’s approximately as painful as Wolverine’s claws inadvertently sliding out while he’s wiping his arse.
  8. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    38
    The play-style variety may be decent--and you get to upgrade abilities--but each character's level sets grow horribly repetitive and pointless, with stingy checkpoint placement compounding the frustration [July 2006, p.91]
  9. Play Magazine
    35
    X-Men: The Official Game is pretty awful. [July 2006, p.71]
  10. Play UK
    32
    This game is ass; don't buy it. Don't even rent it. [Issue 141, p.106]
  11. 40
    Like many games of this style, there is some vague, half-guilty pleasure in the mechanical repetitiveness of the game's combat. But ultimately, X-Men is in the time-honored tradition of licensed games -- rushed, derivative, and well worth avoiding.
  12. 40
    Perhaps the worst offense of all would have to be Wolverine. Not only has Z-Axis managed to take everyone's favorite adamantium-infused Canadian wildman and turn him into possibly the most boring hero ever, they've pinned a sizable majority of the action upon playing as him. Boring, you say? Yes.
  13. This caught-between-generations game manages to just barely clear graphical obstacles and shallow depth by introducing some simple, fun game mechanics.
  14. While the voice work is fine, the whole thing just comes off as so low rent, it’s hard to take it seriously. It’s a shame too because the filler story isn’t that bad.

Awards & Rankings

#69 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. Mar 22, 2017
    3
    You know your playing a bad game when after each mission you find yourself hoping that it is the last (but you know its not because theYou know your playing a bad game when after each mission you find yourself hoping that it is the last (but you know its not because the mission menu tells you exactly how many more you have). That is how I felt for the several weeks and short segments of game play it took to finish this unimaginative bore of a game. The story takes place between the X2 and X3 movies and your mission is to stop HYDRA from releasing sentinels that are capable of destroying humanity or something along those lines. The biggest problem with the story is that they try to present in comic book form in conjunction with very dull sounding voice overs. It really did not get me into the story therefor I found myself playing through mission without really knowing or caring why. You get to play with 3 of the X-Men (Wolverine, Ice Man and Nightcrawler) all with individual linear missions. To the games credit all 3 characters mechanics and move sets are fairly accurate and distinct to their respective character but suffer from balancing issues in terms of level of enjoyment. Wolverine is pretty much what you would expect. A lot of button mashing close combat attacks with a rage mode special that makes you heal and attack faster with more power. Other than a fairly challenging final mission his story is not very memorable. Ice Man surfs on Ice to move around and throws Ice Beams as an attack. I found the Ice Man missions to be the most difficult mostly due to frustrating controls and confusing mission objectives. I was happy to be done with him. The one saving grace of the game is the Nightcrawler missions which are made somewhat fun due to his controls and abilities. Nightcrawler's transporting ability allows you to move quickly from enemy to enemy and place to place fairly easily and accurately. You can hop on the backs of enemies and beat them down so quickly that the IA has difficulty responding at times. This makes the Nightcrawler mission fun and have fairly authentic feeling to them but are by far the easiest. The in game music is entirely forgettable.

    There is nothing more to say about this game other than it is a prime example to me of a movie game cash in. The whole game just felt really lazy but not so bad that to the point of unplayable. The few good things I can say about the game is at least a portion of the game was somewhat challenging, but not much and not always for good reasons. The game also answered one of questions I had in the X-Men movie series. What the hell happened to Nightcrawler?
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  2. Apr 2, 2014
    6
    This game is definitely not a perfect one, but its gameplay variety and original voice cast keeps it from being bad.
    Variety is due to the
    This game is definitely not a perfect one, but its gameplay variety and original voice cast keeps it from being bad.
    Variety is due to the selection of characters, who have different style of playing, but brawling gets a little flat after a while. Most of the levels are not made of lined up areas, but big, or mediocre arenas , where the entire level takes place, giving a game sometime a ring-fight tone, which makes some levels uninteresting and boring. For fans of the x-men universe, this game is a solid "go for it" , for those , who really just want this game for some action, leave it...
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  3. ???
    Jun 18, 2006
    5
    Very good.